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Al Fresco Aperitifs of London

Where the food is as fine as the artworks.

The Switch House - Tate Modern

The breathtaking panoramic views have made the new Tate Modern Switch House restaurant the most talked about gallery dining choice in town. The eatery stands out as the museum extension's pride with the finest British seasonal produce on offer. The focus is on rare and heritage breed and free range fine meats and fish, expertly selected and regionally sourced. The selection of wines comes curated by Hamish Anderson, Tate wine buyer and sommelier, who built his reputation – and wine bibliography – working for the Rex Whistler restaurant.

Tate Modern Restaurant Switch House The Switch House - Tate Modern

LUXOS Recommends: Don't skip the starters such as Cornish red crab with avocado or the Yorkshire white collar of pork croquettes


Located on the second floor of the Barbican Centre, Osteria is the latest brainchild of Anthony Demetre, the pioneer of the bistronomy style. Don't be intimidated by the setting that can appear as brutalist as the architectural style of the museum complex. Head Chef Patrick Leano's menu has taken Italian cuisine inspired dishes to a new level mixing traditional ingredients with a bold twist. You can either opt for sharing plates such as porchetta or the signature mains including the suckling pig with sage potatoes or the slow cooked beef polenta.


LUXOS Recommends: Enjoy the octopus with potatoes or the young cow's milk burrata

Rex Whistler Restaurant

If you wish to dine almost cheek-to-cheek with the artworks, Tate Britain’s Rex Whistler Restaurant should be your first port of call. The Kent-born artist, whose specially-commissioned, 1927 murals decorate the walls, has inspired the venue's name and the menu. The focus is on British seasonal produce and a passion for wines. The 50-page-long list of wines seduces with wine pairings suggested with every course.

REX WHISTLERRex Whistler Restaurant

LUXOS Recommends: Traditional classics are textbook perfection – try the scallops with black pudding or the haunch of venison with red cabbage

Related: Unveiling icons of modern art the Shchukin Collection

The Keeper's House

Set in the bowels of the Royal Academy, there isn't a better place to celebrate the marriage of art and gastronomy than this central London gallery spot. Innovation is the menu's central theme, reflective of the gallery’s ethos and spirit. At The Keeper's House it's all about seasonal dishes like Welsh lamb shoulder ragout with creamy polenta. Should you lose your way, simply keep an eye out for the green Tracey Emin neon crowning the entrance.

KEEPERS HOUSEThe Keeper's House

LUXOS Recommends:  Kick off with the sea bass carpaccio with basil, coriander, mint and lime

Gallery Mess

Keeping in line with the character of the Saatchi Gallery, its restaurant – Gallery Mess – is the textbook example of establishment cool. Think of an expansive white space accessorised by brick walls and domed ceilings. Here, gallery-goers can fork through a diverse range of choices: plates of lamb noisette, wild mushroom risotto or even whole lobster.

Gallery MessGallery Mess

LUXOS Recommends: the soused mackerel with kohlrabi and dill vinaigrette

Related: Where to get your art fix in London this autumn

V&A Café

Set across the museum's original 19th century refreshment rooms, the V&A Café was the world's first museum restaurant. With one of the triptych of salons designed by William Morris, you’ll find Elizabethan panelling, gothic flourishes and stained glass windows: eating here almost feels like stepping back in time.

V&AV&A Café

LUXOS Recommends: Variety is key: from pies topped with herbed breadcrumbs to the Mediterranean-style dishes and cakes

Spring Restaurant

Skye Gyngell was among the pioneers of the field-to-table dining phenomenon, and the name of her eponymous restaurant pays reverence to the most fertile of seasons. Expect some fine Italian-inspired cooking in a sumptuous location inside a palatial 18th-century Neoclassical building. In winter the view of the chocolate box ice rink outside gifts an additional layer of magic.

SPRINGSpring Restaurant

LUXOS Recommends: Ravioli of chard and ricotta with marjoram butter

Pharmacy 2

Newly reprised after its previous incarnation dating back to 1997, the cabinets of pharmaceuticals and pill-shaped barstools still make for an intriguing and colourful backdrop. Chef Mark Hix's food is true to form: a mix of classic British flavours punctuated by the occasional exotic dish.

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LUXOS Recommends: Hix's menu highlights include Glenarms Estate beef and the smoked salmon

Magazine Restaurant

The osmosis between architecture and food is showstopping at this destination enviably positioned in the heart of Hyde Park. As one of the most recent works by late architect Zaha Hadid, the restaurant is an extension of the gallery. Expect modern European cuisine influenced by the Chef's German origins – with a twist.

MAGAZINEMagazine Restaurant

LUXOS Recommends: For a light lunch opt for the roasted aubergine with Chinese cabbage and sweet miso

1 Tate Modern
2 Osteria
3 Tate Britain
4 The Keeper's House
5 Gallery Mess
6 V&A Café
7 Spring Restaurant
8 Pharmacy 2
9 Magazine Restaurant